TREND: Patriotic Patterns

The birthday of our nation is coming up, and it's time to celebrate in style! Maybe you have contemplated putting on your American flag t-shirt and light-wash jean shorts for the fifth year in a row, but it's time for a change.  Not sure where to start?  To flaunt your patriotism without decking potentially cheesy star and stripe patterns, try wearing bold reds, whites, and blues in a funky, untraditional pattern. I spotted this Fashionista strutting around campus in her darling polka dot blouse and was immediately inspired. Independence Day 2010 is a fantastic opportunity to break away from boring and predictable American attire and try out equally festive, but superiorly stylish, threads.

This Fashionista pairs a brilliantly colored red, white, and blue sleeveless top with black high-waisted sailor shorts, which lend a summery nautical vibe to the ensemble. For a more patriotic look on July 4th, swap out the black shorts for a white pair in the same style, and throw on some gold sandals to add holiday sparkle. If it gets chilly at night, top the look off with a navy cardigan to cozy up in and watch the fireworks.

Polka dots not your thing? Try floral, checkered, tie-dye, or paint-splattered numbers instead.

For pretty patterned tops, check out C&C or Free People.  I am personally a fan of Le Fleur Tee and the Lacey Corset Cami.  A great pair of shorts is the Lucca Couture Sailor Short, which come in navy and ivory.

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